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TAFE NSW, the Australian Government, the NSW Police Force and Charles
Sturt University are continuously working in partnership in offering
IPROWD training programs across NSW.
TAFE NSW Mount Druitt students got a behind-the-scenes glimpse at
their potential future careers yesterday at Penrith Police Station as
part of the IPROWD program.
IPROWD's specialist programs offer a flexible approach to help
Aboriginal students overcome barriers and encourage them throughout
their journey of becoming a Police Officer; which they got a real
taster of this week with an inside tour.
Participant, Joel Casey, expressed his excitement to Western
Weekender Penrith on being shown behind-the-scenes of the station, the
different sections and how the police cars work. "We've been
asked about a hundred times what makes you a good police
officer", Mr. Casey laughed. "I just want to help the
community and I love the variety. Every day is going to be different".
Tjnara Leonard-Smith, another enthusiastic TAFE NSW participant,
spoke of how she is interested in using her Aboriginal culture to aid
her in her future career.
Tjnara expressed this ambition to Western Weekender Penrith -
"As an Aboriginal person coming into the police force, we're
needed for dealing with the community" she said. "I want to
break down the barrier between Police and Aboriginal people".
The 18 week IPROWD program, which has been run through TAFE NSW Mount
Druitt for the past seven years, aims to assist Aboriginal people to
gain entry to the NSW Police Academy. The students will now spend five
weeks in Dubbo, where IPROWD will assist with their Academy applications.
We look forward to hearing more on their journeys.